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Visiting Holocaust Survivor Lecture April 2019 [Audio]

In February 1944, five-year-old Steven Hess, his parents and twin sister were sent to Bergen Belsen concentration camp and were among very few Jewish families to stay alive. Hess, a New York resident, educator and Holocaust survivor, recently spoke to an audience of community members and Ithaca College students about his personal story of survival…

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Ithaca Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Sponsors Program [AUDIO]

Jennifer Herzog, member of the organization Ithaca Descendants of Holocaust Survivors, talks about the upcoming event, “Considering our Artifacts: Keeping Their Stories Alive”. At this event, Judith Cohen, Chief acquisitions curator at the US Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, will talk about her museum’s archives and about how artifacts are cared for and exhibited.…

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Bill McKibben speaks to Members of Cornell Community about Fossil Fuel Divestment to Combat Climate Change [AUDIO]

On March 13th, 2019, Bill McKibben spoke to members of the Cornell Community, arguing the power of divesting the University’s endowment to combat climate change. The talk was titled, “Reversing Course on Climate Change and Divestment: the Middlebury Story.” Bill McKibben is an award winning environmentalist, author, journalist, and scholar. He is the Schumann Distinguished…

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“Bogdan’s Journey” explores a man’s quest to heal a community.

Larry Loewinger, co-director of the documentary film, “Bogdan’s Journey”, talks about how the eponymous character tried to help the residents of his home city, Kielce, Poland, come to terms with the violent pogrom that occurred there over 70 years ago. Loewinger was invited to Ithaca to speak about the film by Cornell’s Jewish Studies Program.This…

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Can standardized testing improve teachers? [AUDIO]

A bill detaching students’ scores on state exams from the way teachers are assessed for hiring and promotion passed the state legislature in January. This is a huge reversal in state policy — from emphasizing state tests in teacher evaluations to now, almost doing away with them. In this report by WRFI’s John Yoon, teachers…

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A Conversation with a Death Doula / Death Midwife [AUDIO]

We speak with Angela Mennitto. She is a death doula / death midwife, educator, and community organizer. Our conversation explores the role of the death doula in the dying process, the philosophies of the practice, how this in effect challenges societal concepts and approaches to death, and the general history of death midwifery. Angela Mennitto’s…

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The Paleontological Research Institution Celebrates Darwin Days

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, New York celebrates its 14th annual Darwin Days from February 9th to February 16th, 2019. Jim Harper, Manager of marketing and communications at PRI talks about the Darwin Days events happening at locations around Ithaca. He also provides a sneak preview of the new exhibit at PRI’s Museum…

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